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B.C. health officials to provide update on respiratory illness season

B.C. health officials will be providing an update Friday afternoon on the current respiratory illness season.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. The event will be live-streamed above, on Global BC and on the Global BC Facebook page.

This update comes as the number of patients with COVID-19 in B.C. hospitals fell this week to its lowest point since early November, as province-wide test positivity held steady.

As of Jan.12, there were 302 cases in hospital, down from 352 the week prior. The number of cases in critical care remained unchanged at 25.

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The province’s hospitalization model counts all cases in hospitals, regardless of the patient’s initial reason for admission.

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Officials did not provide an update on the spread of the XBB.1.5 variant.

This story will be updated following the press conference at 12:30 p.m.

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